Welcome to SmithvilleChurch.org


      Nurturing people in the image of God since 1868.                                                                          POB 397/520 Dry Creek Rd./Smithville, TN



Congratulations! You have reached a milestone in your life. We have watched you grow from infancy to young manhood and womanhood, and we are proud of you. Your development has been physical, mental, social and spiritual. For these things we give thanks. I know that everyone is offering you advice these days about future plans, so I hope you will be indulgent and tolerate a word or two from one of your preachers.

Enjoy life now. Some people have their eyes on the end of the earth. They are forever looking into the future and anticipating what shall be. God has given you this day. Make the most of it.

Cultivate a spirit of thankfulness. Heed the words of the apostle Paul who said, "In everything give thanks." Your life will be richer and fuller with every passing day, and you will be saved from self-pity with it's misery.

Carefully select your life-long companion. Much sorrow and heartache can be avoided, and joy and happiness found, if you make a wise selection. Ask God for wisdom and guidance. Seek advice from your father and mother.

Remember you creator. His ways are the ways of life. To depart from them is to court disaster and to learn by experience that "the way of the transgressor is hard."

Honor your father and mother. Confide in them. Show reverence and respect. Heed their counsel and advice. Lessons they taught you in childhood can be a touchstone for all that is to follow.

Be truthful. A life built on lies is a sham and a disgrace. Let your word be your bond. Men and women of character are always respected.

Learn from your mistakes. If you don't, you will be repeating them for the rest of your life.

Pray without ceasing. A life lived without prayer is hollow and empty. "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of."

Seek to serve. Great works do not always lie in our way, but everyone can find some way to serve. In such service true greatness is found.

Set your priorities. And at the top of the list put the kingdom of God. He will bless you.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward